fer·​vent | \ ˈfər-vənt How to pronounce fervent (audio) \

Definition of fervent

1 : very hot : glowing the fervent sun
2 : exhibiting or marked by great intensity of feeling : zealous fervent prayers a fervent proponent fervent patriotism

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Other Words from fervent

fervently adverb

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impassioned, passionate, ardent, fervent, fervid, perfervid mean showing intense feeling. impassioned implies warmth and intensity without violence and suggests fluent verbal expression. an impassioned plea for justice passionate implies great vehemence and often violence and wasteful diffusion of emotion. a passionate denunciation ardent implies an intense degree of zeal, devotion, or enthusiasm. an ardent supporter of human rights fervent stresses sincerity and steadiness of emotional warmth or zeal. fervent good wishes fervid suggests warmly and spontaneously and often feverishly expressed emotion. fervid love letters perfervid implies the expression of exaggerated or overwrought feelings. perfervid expressions of patriotism

Examples of fervent in a Sentence

a fervent speech that called for tolerance and compassion for those who are different in the thick, fervent air of a tropical afternoon, a languor set in
Recent Examples on the Web There’s a fervent Christian, a believer in the notion of a unified European identity and Russia’s place within it, one who sees war as a holy endeavor, and a scholar of the moral gray area between good and evil. Carlos Aguilar, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Romanian director Cristi Puiu’s ‘Malmkrog’ is a dense treatise in fancy dress," 8 Apr. 2021 Three strands, that of Peabody, Fuller, and Thoreau, are braided together, and Zancanella shows, with sensitivity and imagination, how this fervent moment might have looked and felt for these eventual icons. BostonGlobe.com, "A massive poetry month event, a new book about the lives and loves of the transcendentalists in Concord, and a child’s guide to becoming a rock star," 8 Apr. 2021 Slightly more than a year ago, the energy driving the golf world was a fervent zeal to watch Tiger Woods defend his seismic 2019 Masters victory. New York Times, "Without Tiger Woods, the Masters Leaderboard Is a Blank Slate," 6 Apr. 2021 Simpson was held to his points and began a fervent, detailed response to England. Mike Cason | Mcason@al.com, al, "Bill to repeal Alabama’s Habitual Felony Offender law advances," 31 Mar. 2021 Not even the fervent prayers of Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt could help Loyola deal with the Beavers (20-12) and the constantly changing defenses that Tinkle rolled out. Dave Skretta, ajc, "Picked last, Oregon State now Elite after beating Loyola," 27 Mar. 2021 Also part of the strategy among some of the most fervent activists have been demonstrations with the expectation of arrest. NBC News, "A fight is brewing over an oil pipeline and it's pitting Native groups against Big Oil," 26 Mar. 2021 Frustration in the region speaks to a more fervent brand of protest politics emerging in longtime Republican pockets of the state, where people feel alienated but are unable to sway the outcome of statewide races, McCuan said. Dustin Gardiner, San Francisco Chronicle, "Here's where California's recall Gavin Newsom movement is strongest," 26 Mar. 2021 Asian-American voters understand that a party whose fervent ideologues would deny their children equitable admission to educational opportunity is not for them. Elizabeth Heng, National Review, "How Republicans Can Win in California," 24 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of fervent

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for fervent

Middle English, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French, from Latin fervent-, fervens, present participle of fervēre to boil, froth — more at barm

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11 Apr 2021

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“Fervent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fervent. Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of fervent

: felt very strongly : having or showing very strong feelings


fer·​vent | \ ˈfər-vənt How to pronounce fervent (audio) \

Kids Definition of fervent

: felt very strongly fervent gratitude

Other Words from fervent

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